Jonas Gutierrez insists the Newcastle squad are ready for a derby date with Sunderland

Jonas Gutierrez: Looking forward to locking horns with Sunderland

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Jonas Gutierrez says the importance of next Sunday's Wear-Tyne derby is not lost on Newcastle's foreign contingent.

Alan Pardew is likely to field a side made up of performers from across the globe when the Magpies make the short trip to local rivals Sunderland.

The likes of Gutierrez, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are all expected to figure in a game which means everything to the locals.

Gutierrez is fully aware of that fact and insists each and every one of those sent into battle at the Stadium of Light will be giving their all to claim maximum points and North East bragging rights.

He told the Evening Chronicle: "I played when we lost and everybody was very sad.

"I understand what it means. It does not matter if you play well or the team plays fantastic football. The fans will want the three points. All of the players feel the same.

"We know they will put us under pressure - as will their fans. So it will be really important to be really focused.

"If we concede goals like we did in the last game it is going to be impossible to take something from there. The good thing is we have the chance to work.

"We have the chance to take out the things we did wrong from the last game and be better. We cannot make the same mistakes again."

Gutierrez has captained Newcastle of late, but is hoping to be able to pass the armband back to fellow Argentine Fabio Coloccini on Sunday as he closes on a return to full fitness.

The 29-year-old added: "Hopefully, Colo will rejoin training next week and then he will be fit for the game.

"We know the players who have played this year like Perchie and Willo are doing really great for the team.

"We do not have a big squad so we need all of our players back."